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Publisher's Summary

A homage to the West and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it.
Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, the award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists - from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches - braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. What is the future of a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling? What should be done about an ever-increasing population that seems to be in the process of loving the West to death? How might two environmental thinkers with radically different personalities - a competent, mature advocate (Stegner) and a monkey-wrenching anarchist (Abbey) - have responded to the crisis?
Gessner takes us on an inspiring, entertaining journey as he renews his own commitment to cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild, confronting American consumption, and fighting environmental injustice
©2015 David Gessner (P)2015 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 05-22-15

Can't wait to read my next gessner!

Love the book as it explores a deeper side of Edward abbey that I had never known. The narrator , however failed to pronounce many common western words correctly . I also would have appreciated the narrator using slightly different voices for different Characters.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 08-27-17

Good critique of important writers and works

I have been an Abbey and Stegner fan all of my adult life. Gessner's analysis of their writing and comparison of their life is detailed and made more interesting because it is set in so many of the locations the Abbey and Stegner lived in and wrote about. This is important because the land and life and landforms are so important to the stories told by Gessner and the reviewed writers.

After listening to this book, I will certainly be returning to some of these works I have not read in many years.

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